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Parkview Hospital technology grant helps Manchester College

equip new Science Center


(July 2005) Parkview Hospital is helping Manchester College equip its new $17 million Science Center with the latest instrumentation and equipment. Parkview’s Community Health Improvement Program has awarded a $20,000 cash grant as part of its ongoing mission to enhance the health of the community the hospital system serves.

The college plans to fill the 85,600-square-foot structure with $500,000 in laboratory and classroom equipment. While all Manchester students will take science classes in the new high-tech classrooms and research laboratories, the Science Center also will help Manchester continue its well-respected tradition of preparing students for careers in the sciences and medicine.

Currently, 2001 grad Frederick Balagadde is isolating bacteria in nanotechnology research recently profiled by NPR’s All Things Considered. Distinguished alumni include Paul Flory, Nobel laureate in polymer chemistry; Roy Plunkett, inventor of Teflon; Gene Likens, discoverer of acid rain, and Jane Henney, the first woman to head the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 

More than 300 Manchester alumni practice medicine, and others are lead researchers in industry and academia.  They collectively are responsible for more than 100 patents, ranging from bonding calcium in orange juice to a key sequence in Microsoft software. In addition, at least 10 alumni are physicians in Parkview Health Care System. Since 1977, Manchester has provided a major in medical technology in cooperation with Parkview Hospital and other medical centers. 

The Science Center will be ready when students return for their fall semester on Aug. 31.  It is debt-free, the investment of generous alumni and other friends of the college.  The dedication of the structure begins at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16.

With about 1,100 students, Manchester College offers programs in biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, mathematics, athletic training, engineering science, medical technology, environmental studies, pre-medicine, pre-nursing and pre-physical therapy.  Manchester is a Church of the Brethren college. For more information, visit

July 2005


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